Development of an Interactive Gestural Upper Extremity Robotic Feedback System

From Bench to Reality

The paper discusses the design of a robot that helps patient’s develop their movement skills rather than replacing them with robotic assisted movement.
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Using Educational Robots as Tools of Cultural Expression

Catlin, D. Smith, J.L. and Morrison, K. (2012). Using Educational Robots as Tools of Cultural Expression: A Report on a Project with Indigenous Communities. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Robotics in Education. Sept 13th to 15th, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 73-79. MatfyzPress. (more…)

Maximising the Effectiveness of Educational Robotics through the Use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies

Catlin, D. (2012), Maximising the Effectiveness of Educational Robotics through the Use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies, 3rd International Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics”: Integrating robotics in the school curriculum. Riva del Garda (TN), Italy, Friday April 20th, 2012. (more…)

Using Educational Robots to Enhance the Performance of Minority Students

Catlin, D. and Robertson S. (2012) Using Educational Robots to Enhance the Performance of Minority Students, Proceedings 3rd International Workshop of Teaching Robotics, Teaching with Robotics Conference 2012, Riva La Garda Italy. (more…)

The e-Robot Project

A Longitudinal On-Line Research Collaboration to Investigate ERA Principles

Catlin, D. and Blamires, M. (2010). The e-Robot Project: A Longitudinal On-Line Research Collaboration to Investigate ERA Principles. TRTWR 2010 Conference, Darmstadt, Germany, part of SIMPAR 2010. (more…)

Life Long Playing Instead of Life Long Learning

Teaching Robotics without Robots and Computers

The authors discuss their work with Roamer robot and Lego.  They describe how playing with Roamer gives children the chance to control technology.  They claim children have no fear of programming.  They readily press keys and find out what Roamer does without help.  The authors did this work with Classic Roamer.  The new Roamer has the advantage of telling students what to do when they press the wrong keys.  This paper explains how Roamer and Lego can work together and provide a playground ripe for exploration.

The authors presented this paper at the SIMPAR 2010 Workshops International. Conference on Simulation, Modelling and Programming for Automonous Robots, Darmstadt (Germany) November 15-16, 2010

Robotic Performing Arts Project

Catlin, D. (2010) Robotics Performing Arts Project: An approach to STEM through cooperation not competition. Paper presented at the Constructionism 2010 Conference, Paris, France (more…)

The Principles of Educational Robotic Applications (ERA)

Catlin, D. and Blamires, M. (2010). The Principles of Educational Robotic Applications (ERA): A framework for understanding and developing educational robots and their activities. Proceedings of Constructionism 2010, American University, Paris, France. (more…)

Robotics as a Vehicle for Multiliteracies

Chapter 12 in Multiliteracies and Technology Enhanced Education

Social Practice and the Global Classroom

This chapter is a catalyst for encouraging educators to use robotics as a vehicle for multiliteracies.  This chapter will provide compelling, practical evidence of multimodal nature of robotics, highlighting the potential of robotics to encompass any or all of the linguistic, spatial, visual and audio and gestural elements of multileteracies, as described by the New London Group (1996).  The social and technological benefits of both genders arising from the integration of robotics into the curriculum, and their importance in a rapidly changing world are discussed, as is the need for educators to learn how to facilitate a learning environment that entices students to take risks and solve problems through the development of higher-order thinking skills.  Robotics crosses curriculum boundaries, and engages and motivates students of all ages by making learning directed and real.

Editors Darren L. Pullen and David R. Cole.

Therapeutic Robotics for Children with Disabilities: A Case Study

AnthTronix developed CosmoBot a robotic  toolkit  designed  to  improve  therapy,  education,  and  play  for  children  with disabilities.  By adding CosmoBot to Roamer you extend the robot’s capacities.  In this, it offers one solution to the issues identified in the Special Educational Robot Project (SERP).  This paper outlines the toolkit and presents case study data to support the design. (more…)